... In Good Will Hunting we hear about a real life untrained math prodigy named Srinivasa Ramanujan. There has been talk of making a movie about his life which took him from poverty in India to being acclaimed as an all time great mathematician. You can read his real life story here.
... In Good Will Hunting the character of Professor Lambeau has earned the Fields Medal which is known as the equivalent of a Nobel prize for mathematics. There are Nobel prizes given for physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace and economics. Why isn't there a Nobel prize for mathematics? There is one theory that it's because Mr. Alfred Nobel's wife was having an affair with a mathematician (good theory except Alfred Nobel was never married). We'll let snopes.com sort this out.
... For the mathematically gifted amongst us you can watch a lecture which will explain the math problem Will Hunting solves on the blackboard in the hallway.
... A great bit of trivia for you. What were Will Hunting's brother's names? Answer: Marky, Ricky, Danny, Terry, Mikey, Davey, Timmy, Tommy, Joey, Robby, Johnny, and Brian.
... For all the people who have doubted that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck really wrote this script here is what screenwriter William Goldman has to say about that:
"I would love to say that I wrote it. Here is the truth. In my obit it will say that I wrote it. People don't want to think those two cute guys wrote it. What happened was, they had the script. It was their script. They gave it to Rob [Reiner] to read, and there was a great deal of stuff in the script dealing with the F.B.I. trying to use Matt Damon for spy work because he was so brilliant in math. Rob said, "Get rid of it." They then sent them in to see me for a day - I met with them in New York - and all I said to them was, "Rob's right. Get rid of the F.B.I. stuff. Go with the family, go with Boston, go with all that wonderful stuff." And they did. I think people refuse to admit it because their careers have been so far from writing, and I think it's too bad. I'll tell you who wrote a marvelous script once, Sylvester Stallone. Rocky's a marvelous script. God, read it, it's wonderful. It's just got marvelous stuff. And then he stopped suddenly because it's easier being a movie star and making all that money than going in your pit and writing a script. But I did not write [Good Will Hunting], alas. I would not have written the "It's not your fault" scene. I'm going to assume that 148 percent of the people in this room have seen a therapist. I certainly have, for a long time. Hollywood always has this idea that it's this shrink with only one patient. I mean, that scene with Robin Williams gushing and Matt Damon and they're hugging, "It's not your fault, it's not your fault." I thought, Oh God, Freud is so agonized over this scene. But Hollywood tends to do that with therapists."
.. The bar where Will and his friends are confronted by the Harvard crowd is a real life Boston bar called Woody's L Street Tavern. We like their attitude. Woody's L-street Tavern is where the classic "How do you like them apples?" scene from Good Will Hunting was filmed. A plaque on the outer wall boasts the bar's fifteen minutes of fame among flashing signs for Guinness and multiple Irish sayings. Opens daily at noon, closing hours vary "depending on what's going on." Call (617) 268-4335 for more information.
... Just for Fun. There are lots of movie parodies out there but this may the only one that includes the original director and stars. This is a scene from Kevin Smith's movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
... We can't help ourselves. It isn't even really funny but it's monkeys with wigs!
Good Will Hunting On Location
Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater Footprints
Robin Williams is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.
Mann's Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA SEE MAP
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find Robin Williams' star:
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
6925 Hollywood Blvd.